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'Woman World': Where the future is female

10/19/2018
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Bookseller Emma Nichols recommends a comic collection centered on a post-apocalyptic world where men have gone extinct, and only women remain.

Duration:00:01:39

Little Free Library creator Todd Bol dies

10/18/2018
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Todd Bol launched the freestanding receptacles for books in 2010 as a tribute to his mother, who was a teacher.

A book that proposes 'every living thing has two bodies'

10/12/2018
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"I just finished it the other night, and I have been thinking about it for three days," says bookseller Daley Farr.

Duration:00:01:50

Author Leif Enger on story-light, character-heavy fiction

10/8/2018
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"People who have something going on are really interesting," said Enger.

Duration:01:18:00

Graphic novelist's latest book tackles the cruelty of youth

10/5/2018
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"Home After Dark" is the story of Russell, a youngster who becomes isolated after his parents split and he moves to a rural community in northern California.

Duration:00:04:07

Dessa describes 'My Own Devices'

10/3/2018
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The Minnesota musician describes why it was time to put her story in print instead of in an album.

Duration:00:50:21

South African's memoir details a life of not belonging

9/26/2018
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In "Always Another Country," Sisonke Msimang retraces the steps that led her to St. Paul and beyond.

Duration:00:03:03

Stonich's new novel revisits her North Country Minnesota roots

9/25/2018
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"Laurentian Divide" explores the everyday events and extraordinary turns of life in the northern woods.

Duration:00:02:03

Searching for Trump's America, via Greyhound bus

9/24/2018
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In Gary Shteyngart's "Lake Success," hedge fund managers are unhappy and white supremacists have found their voice.

Duration:00:02:42

A 'fresh, unpredictable' Western with a strong female lead

9/21/2018
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A powerful female character can be hard to find in Western fiction, but bookseller Aaron Cance recommends a novel which delivers just that.

Duration:00:02:20

An almost-too-real portrait of modern Russia

9/14/2018
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"It's very harsh and it's full of violence and incongruities, but it's also truly fully of the Russian spirit," says bookseller Kate Jacobs, about the novel "A Terrible Country."

Duration:00:02:22

'Hapless and helpless': A comedic adventure in higher education

9/13/2018
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"I am making fun of the most weird aspects of higher ed," said Julie Schumacher, author of "The Shakespeare Requirement."

Duration:00:49:13

'Housegirl' traces how immigration and assimilation can divide generations

9/11/2018
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English and Ghanaian culture collide in Michael Donkor's new novel, "Housegirl."

Duration:00:22:58

Brash, funny and tender: A new poetry collection for your reading list

9/7/2018
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Bookseller Danny Caine recommends a poetry collection that offers "a funny and occasionally devastating portrait of life as a first generation Mexican-American."

Duration:00:01:40

Liberian novelist combines fact and magic to tell her homeland's creation story

9/6/2018
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Wayetu Moore fled Liberia's civil war when she was 5. Now she is reconnecting with her homeland through her novel "She Would Be King" published by Twin Cities-based Graywolf Press.

Duration:00:06:53

Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and the history of protest

8/31/2018
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"More than a history of music, this is actually a history of the United States, and of protest in the early twentieth century," says bookseller Ruth Hulbert.

Duration:00:02:05

'The Wedding Portrait' explains activism for a young audience

8/24/2018
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Innosanto Nagara first built a following with "A is for Activist." His newest children's book opens with the story of a couple who decides to get married in the middle of a protest.

Duration:00:01:48

Why we can't look away from the end of the world

8/21/2018
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Jason Mott's novels capture dark, unforgiving situations: the dead returning, a new world war, a deadly epidemic. Why do we have a taste for those stories?

Duration:00:31:46

An immortal goddess gets her due

8/18/2018
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Remember Circe from "The Odyssey"? The ancient sorceress finally gets to take center stage in Madeline Miller's new novel.

Duration:00:02:02

When you suddenly become 'internet famous'

8/10/2018
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What happens when you become famous for the sake of being famous? This novel explores the modern obsession with fame.

Duration:00:01:53